Vice President Mike Pence threw his weight behind the Republicans who vowed to challenge the Electoral College results on Saturday. Pence issued a statement on the matter.
“Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.”
“The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”
VP Chief of Staff Marc Short:
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— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 2, 2021
11 Republican Senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz, announced that they would “reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’” pending the results of a 10-day “emergency audit” of results could be conducted. Daily Wire Reported on Saturday.
“The group is led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama,” The New York Times reported.
“We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it,” Cruz wrote, adding that he and the other 10 Senators believe that the 2020 presidential election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.” Daily Wire Reported.
The Senators noted that usually this case would be taken up by the supreme court, however, they will take up the issue.
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy. Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices-to consider and resolve the disputed returns,” the group said.
“Once [the audit is] completed, individual states would evaluate the commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” the 11 Senators concluded.